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Child Advocate to Discuss Helping All Children Succeed During Feb. 16 Lecture at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2009

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

EAU CLAIRE — Education strategies designed to help all children succeed will be the topic of a presentation by nationally recognized child advocate Rick Miller during the sixth annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Martin Mogensen Education Lecture in February.

Miller's "Kids at Risk, Kids at Hope" lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire. The discussion will focus on how schools and nonprofit agencies can adopt a cultural strategic framework to support the success of all children.

The presentation, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Sciences and the Eau Claire Area School District, is free and open to the public.

The Mogensen lecture series, which is part of a teacher education outreach effort, was established to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Mogensen became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at the age of 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson Brinkhaus, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

At the lecture, Mogensen and Brinkhaus will award the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship. It will be given to a Wisconsin junior education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful teacher. Mogensen and Brinkhaus established the scholarship fund as another tribute to their father.

"We are fortunate that Rick Miller will be in Eau Claire for the lecture," Mogensen said. "It is clearly a crucial time to develop, examine and build strategies that bring hope and success to educators and students. From the national to local level, it is a time of change with many policies under review and Miller will offer his expertise on a very important key issue."

Miller founded Kids at Hope in 1999, a national initiative designed to change the paradigm from "youth at risk" to "kids at hope." The Kids at Hope program has been used to train more than 18,000 adults and is being used at 350 schools and organizations reaching more than 350,000 children. During his Feb. 16 lecture, Miller will discuss the philosophy that drives the Kids at Hope program and how it can be used in schools to help all students succeed.

Miller was an executive with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for 30 years, including serving as the organization's national director for government relations. In 1981, he served as a loaned executive in the White House as part of the President's task force on private sector initiatives. Miller has testified before Congress on a number of issues affecting youth and the nonprofit sector. He was appointed in 1998 as Arizona State University's first practitioner in residence at the Center for Leadership and Nonprofit Management.

Miller has published a number of articles on fundraising, organizational development and youth services. He also has written three books: "From Youth at Risk to Kids at Hope: A Journey into the Belief System Where All Children Are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!"; "Kids at Hope: Every Child Can Succeed, No Exceptions" and a childrens book, "The Kids at Hope Friends Visit Miss Debby's Class."

The Eau Claire Area School District, in collaboration with UW-Eau Claire, will offer area teachers workshops with Miller.

For more information about the lecture or the scholarship, contact Dwight C. Watson at watsondc@uwec.edu or 715-836-2013.

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